However when it comes to the Padres’ lineup building, that place swap is inappropriate. Whether or not he was within the outfield or at shortstop, Tatis was taking part in.
It is the knock-on impact of Cronenworth’s harm that stings the Padres in a giant approach. Cronenworth has been one of many Padres’ steadiest hitters and their foremost assist for Tatis and Manny Machado of their lineup. Contemplate Saturday night time, the first game without Cronenworth. Tatis and Machado went 6-for-8 with all 4 of the group’s RBIs. The remainder of the group went 2-for-26.
Suffice it to say, the Padres want Cronenworth again — and quick. He’s nonetheless coping with irritation in that fractured finger however may return earlier than the tip of the highway journey. As soon as the swelling goes down, it’ll be a difficulty of ache tolerance, Cronenworth mentioned Sunday. To that finish, Cronenworth was fast to notice that he doesn’t grip the bat all that tightly, anyway.
“With Jake, the focus goes to be on getting that irritation out of there, which is able to give him a bit bit extra vary of movement when he’s gripping the bat,” Padres supervisor Jayce Tingler mentioned on Saturday. “However you actually don’t know on the ache tolerance. After we get a few of that irritation out, I’m certain when he squares the ball up strong, there’s not going to be a lot problem. However when you get it off the tip of the bat, you get the vibration of the bat.”
1. The Padres are in a bind towards righties
And because it simply so occurs, the Padres lined up with some fairly powerful righties after Cronenworth’s harm — Walker Buehler and Max Scherzer this weekend, plus Anthony DeSclafani and Kevin Gausman throughout their four-game collection in San Francisco. Left fielder Tommy Pham stuffed Cronenworth’s spot within the lineup on Sunday, however the right-handed batter is hitting .194 with a .645 OPS within the second half, coming into Sunday, and has traditionally struggled towards righties. Swap-hitter Jurickson Profar, who is best towards right-handers, is an choice for left discipline, however he is slumping, too.
2. Who begins towards lefties?
Not a difficulty within the fast future, but when the Padres match up with a left-hander earlier than Cronenworth returns, they’re going to have some attention-grabbing selections. For essentially the most half, left-handed batters Trent Grisham and Eric Hosmer sit towards lefties, and Adam Frazier usually does, too. In principle, the Padres would wish to begin two of these three now. In any other case, they might begin Jake Marisnick or use each of their catchers with Austin Nola within the infield. Within the midst of a decent playoff race, none of these are notably interesting choices.
3. What’s up with the bench?
Most likely not essentially the most urgent problem proper now, however with Cronenworth out, the Padres are skinny on their bench. Since rosters expanded, they’ve chosen to make use of these two additional roster spots on pitchers. However it’s value questioning whether or not a kind of spots could be higher spent on a power-hitting bench bat, maybe Brian O’Grady and even catcher Luis Campusano , who has 15 homers at Triple-A El Paso and is ranked by MLB Pipeline because the group’s No. 2 prospect.
In any case, the Padres ought to have a solution on Cronenworth quickly sufficient. The swelling is anticipated to subside within the subsequent day or two. Then he’ll be capable to check his hand. Cronenworth famous that the fracture occurred on the tip of the finger, maybe portending much less of a difficulty gripping the bat.
If Cronenworth doesn’t land on the injured listing earlier than the collection opener in San Francisco on Monday, that’ll be a optimistic signal. (It will be the most recent the Padres may wait whereas nonetheless backdating a 10-day IL stint to the day of the harm.)
“We’re going to have to attend and see over the subsequent couple days,” Tingler mentioned. “However the primary focus proper now could be simply getting it handled and getting that irritation out of there.”